Unicorn Properties leading £9m refurb of former Customs House and Harbour Chambers building
Dundee's £1bn Waterfront redevelopment has attracted the city's first five-star hotel proposal.
Dundee-based Unicorn Properties is leading what is believed to be a £9 million redevelopment of the former Customs House and Harbour Chambers to transform the building into a 38-bedroom, five-star facility.
Prestige Hotel Management has been appointed to operate the new Customs House hotel, which is expected to open in 2014.
Malmaison is also expected to open its 93-bedroom hotel at the waterfront in the autumn of 2013, creating 120 jobs.
And a new £14 million railway station, hotel and office development was announced in April 2012.
Plans for the six-storey Railway Station development, which includes a 108-bed hotel, were approved by Dundee City Council last month.
The Dundee Waterfront area already boasts three hotels in operation - Apex City Quay, Premier Inn and Holiday Express.
Mike Galloway, Dundee City Council development director, said: “It is very rewarding that so many hotel and tourism businesses are making significant investments in Dundee, and playing a vital role in the regeneration of the waterfront area.
“The new hotels are well timed in advance of a variety of major tourism and infrastructure developments in the city, the largest of which is the new V&A at Dundee, on which work will start later this year.”
He added: “The rising investment in Dundee Waterfront, and the city region, is generating hundreds of millions of pounds of additional revenue, and creating exceptional opportunities for ambitious businesses.
“We are encouraging entrepreneurs to visit the city and to see these investment opportunities first hand”.